Only found in California, mainly along the coast from the San Diego area northward to the Mendocino National Forest. An isolated population can be found inland in the Sequoia National Forest.
Wide range of terrestrial habitat preferences ranging from forest to chaparral. Like to reside near ponds and creeks where breeding occurs.
Also called the orange-bellied newt, it has a bright orange ventrum fading up into a dark orange to black dorsum. The skin on its back is bumpy, and its bulging eyes are a striking greenish yellow. Adults reach 5-8 inches in length. It emits a strong toxin from its skin.
Learn more with Schechter Natural History's Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians